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December 26, 2012
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  • CDC: Obesity rates drop slightly in preschool-age children
    The percentage of obese, low-income preschoolers declined from more than 15% in 2003 to less than 15% in 2010, CDC researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The rate of extreme obesity went from 2.2% in 2003 to about 2.1% in 2010. Progress in reducing childhood-obesity rates may be related to greater breast-feeding rates and increasing awareness of the importance of exercise, researchers said. Reuters (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Study links hepatitis C viral response to improved survival
    Patients with hepatitis C and advanced liver fibrosis who achieved sustained viral response for six months after treatment had a nearly four times lower risk of death from all causes than those whose viral load was not suppressed for at least six months. The rate of liver transplantation and liver failure was also significantly lower among those who had sustained viral response than those without it. The study, which involved 530 patients, appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High CRP levels are linked with depression in study
    Danish researchers looked at more than 73,000 adults and found that those with higher c-reactive protein levels in their blood were up to three times more likely to suffer from depression than others. The findings, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, showed a link between CRP and depression but did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/24)
  • Antibiotic prophylaxis may prevent UTIs in antenatal hydronephrosis
    Infants with high-grade hydronephrosis who were treated with antibiotic prophylaxis were less likely to develop a urinary tract infection than those who did not receive prophylactic antibiotics, according to a review published in the journal Pediatrics. However, available data on the subject is limited, the researchers said. Healio/Pediatrics (12/21)
  • Lack of vitamin D is more prevalent among overweight, obese youth
    Overweight, obese and severely obese children and teens were more likely to be vitamin D deficient than healthy-weight peers, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers looked at data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that more Latinos and blacks had low vitamin D levels compared with whites. WebMD (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Deadline approaches to report EHR meaningful use
    The deadline for Medicare EHR meaningful use reporting and attestation this year is Dec. 31. The CMS website describes the process for reporting and attesting to EHR meaningful use and lists state attestation deadlines for doctors and other eligible professionals participating in the Medicaid MU program. AHA News Now (12/19), (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds little change in misuse, overuse of ambulatory care
    Overuse and misuse of ambulatory care largely remained steady from 1998-99 to 2008-09 despite the discussion of spiraling health care costs, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researcher Dr. Minal S. Kale said the results suggest policymakers have focused more on issues of underuse than overuse. Kale and coauthors call for the development of performance measures to limit the delivery of inappropriate care and clinical practice guidelines covering unnecessary care. Reuters (12/24), Medscape (free registration) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Nursing community urges U.S. gov't to end gun violence
    More than 30 nursing groups have joined the ANA in its campaign to put a stop to senseless acts of violence, following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. In a statement sent to President Barack Obama, congressional leaders, the National Governors Association and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the groups recommended the need to boost access to mental health services and implement a ban on assault weapons. (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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